Merideth Wilfong


The Rev. Merideth E. Wilfong, PhD, 90, of Nashville, Indiana, passed away September 10, 2016, at Wilshire of Lakewood of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. A memorial service was held Saturday September 17, at 10:30 a.m., at Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Johnston City, Illinois. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City, Illinois.

Pastor Tim Conboy will conduct an additional memorial service on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. at New Life Community Church, 1450 State Road 135N in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Country Gospel Church, P.O. Box 1684, Nashville, IN 47448.

Merideth was born June 25, 1926. He was born again in August 1939. He served at many churches including Nall’s Memorial Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas; Cane Island Baptist Church, Lake City, Arkansas; Peach Orchard Baptist Church, Peach Orchard, Arkansas; First Baptist Church, Plummerville, Arkansas; Bathabara Baptist Church, Conway, Arkansas; First Baptist Church, Ward, Arkansas; Central Baptist Church, Bald Knob, Arkansas; First Baptist Church, Sheridan, Arkansas; First Baptist Church, Bunker Hill, Indiana; Arlington Heights Baptist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana; First Baptist Church, Hope, Indiana; Country Gospel Music Church, Gnaw Bone, Indiana; First Baptist Church, Decatur, Illinois; First Baptist Church, Aurora, Illinois; Kinderhook Baptist Church, Kinderhook, Illinois; and Washington Avenue Baptist Church, Johnston City, Illinois.

He received his education from Southern Baptist College, University of Central Arkansas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Christian Theological Seminary and International Bible Institute and Seminary, from which seminaries he holds Th.M. and Th.D. Degrees. Merideth served on state and national boards and on various executive committees. He was an active American Baptist leader in his region and association, as well as on local and state ministers’ councils. In 1993, he received an award from the Indiana Baptist Churches honoring him for his 50 years of ministry.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rachel Chadwick Wilfong, a daughter, two sons-in law, one grandson, one sister, and two brothers.

Survivors include wife, Lois (Jean) Richeson-Wilfong; children, Gwen Brinkman, Katherine Wilfong and Deborah Annette Wilfong; stepchildren, Ron (Jill) Richeson, Sherri (Dave) Heidenreich and Debbie (Mike) Wey; grandchildren, Deanette Morecraft, Amanda Norris, Lori Cooley, LeAnne (Rick) Kilman , Jason Porter, Chris (Mandy) Wey, Kevin (Bobbi) Wey, Kelly (Dave) Peterson, Jeff (Mary) Richeson, Bethany (Stu) Regan, Jan (Jason) Wallace and Jamie (Sausha) Toghranegar.; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion (Charles) Martin; and a brother, John Wilfong.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.